Händel - The Messiah

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I know that my Redeemer liveth

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cBLORlFSifc

This recording made in 1992 with Anne sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Jerry Hadley, Robert Lloyd
And the orchestra & chorus of the Academy of St. Martin in the fields, directed by Sir Neville Marriner

The name of the oratorio is taken from Judaism and Christianity's concept of the Messiah ("the anointed one"). In Christianity, the Messiah is Jesus. The work is a presentation of Jesus' life and its significance according to Christian doctrine.

Although the work was conceived and first performed for secular theatre during Lent it has become common practice since Handel's death to perform the Messiah oratorio during Advent, the preparatory period of the Christmas season, rather than in Lent or at Easter. Messiah is often performed in churches as well as in concert halls. Christmas concerts often feature only the first section of Messiah plus the "Hallelujah" chorus, although some ensembles feature the entire work as a Christmas concert. The work is also heard at Eastertide, and selections containing resurrection themes are often included in Easter services.

The work is divided into three parts which address specific events in the life of Christ. Part One is primarily concerned with the Advent and Christmas stories. Part Two chronicles Christ's passion, resurrection, ascension, and the evangelization to the world of the Christian message. Part Three is based primarily upon the events chronicled in The Revelation to St. John. Although Messiah deals with the New Testament story of Christ's life a majority of the texts used to tell the story were selected from the Old Testament prophetic books of Isaiah, as well as Hagaii, Malachi, and others.

The soprano aria "I know that my Redeemer liveth" is frequently heard at Christian funerals. It is believed that parts of this aria have been the basis of the composition of the Westminster Quarters.[1] Above Handel's grave in Westminster Abbey is a monument (1762) where the musician's statue holds the musical score of the same aria.[2]

Although Handel called his oratorio simply Messiah (without the "The"), the work is also widely but incorrectly referred to as The Messiah.

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.   
(Job 19: 25-26)   

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.   
(I Corinthians 15: 20)    
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Worthy is the Lamb - Amen

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Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.

Amen.   
(Revelation 5: 12-14)
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